It was a day of celebration and honour for top achievers in information technology at 2012 National Information Technology Merit Award (NITMA) ceremony organized by the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) on Friday, December 14, 2012.
Full of excitement and well attended, dignitaries at Nigeria’s most celebrated IT event included Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of Osun state, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communication commission(NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah, who achieved NCS Fellowship status, Mr. Emeka Ezekwesili, Director, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) representing the Minister of Communication Technology, Immediate Past President of the NCS, Professor Charles Uwadia and Provosot, College of Fellows, Alhaji Ladi Ogunneye.
The Chairman of the event, Senator, Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) was represented by Dr Henry Akpan, Permanent secretary (Special Duties) Office of the SGF.
NCS President, Demola Aladekomo, noted in his welcome address that NCS utilizes NITMA as an avenue to appreciate and honour the IT industry’s top achievers and visionaries. According to Aladekomo, this “is in line with the association’s strategy of celebrating heroes in the sector to stimulate outstanding performances that will drive real, inclusive development and transformation in Nigeria through IT. The hosting of NITMA also encourages healthy competition while spurring innovation and creativity within the IT community nationwide”.
Fellows are Honoured
Honorary Fellowship awardees were represented: Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria by Professor Isaac Adebayo Adeyemi, Vice Chancellor, Bells University, Senator Liyel Imoke, Governor of Cross River state by Mr Mike Aniah, Secretary to the Cross River State Government (SSG), Mr, Jim Ovia by Srinivasa Venkatappa, Managing Director / CEO, Visafone Communications Limited.
Professional fellowships were conferred on ten new fellows during the fellowship award process coordinated by the Deputy Provost, Dr. Obi Okonkwo, and Provost of the College of Fellows, Alhaji Ladi Ogunneye and the NCS President. Fellow is the highest grade of the NCS professional cadre, which is conferred in recognition of the significant impact an NCS member has had in the IT field.
New NCS professional fellows (FNCS) are: Adegoke Rasheed Aderemi, Aderounmu Ganiyu Adesola, Akinlade Titilola Olusola, Arah Umunna Onyekwelu Aniekan, Arogundade Adedayo Peter Sunday, Awodele Oludele, Bello Aderonke Abosede, Juwah Eugene Ikemefuna, Olajide Michael Ajibola and Williams, Olufemi Sunday.
Professional fellows are celebrated as role models to inspire young IT professionals, encourage the growth of professionalism in IT and accelerate the advancement of the IT sector through the productive application of IT expertise to provide opportunities and overcome challenges.
Osun – the IT Hub, Host of next NCS Conference
In his remarks at the gathering, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of Osun state, commended NCS for its developmental role in IT and for organizing such an inspiring event. He outlined innovative technology based initiatives of the Osun state government, inviting IT stakeholders to partner. Aregbesola, stated enthusiastically that his government is focused on making Osun state the IT hub of Nigeria.
He also confirmed Osun state’s readiness and acceptance to host the next NCS Conference scheduled for July 2013. “The government and wonderful people of Osun State looks forward to hosting NCS members and other delegates/resource persons to the 2013 NCS International Conference and AGM in Oshogbo”.
Industry and IT Personality Awards
Chief Donatus ‘Don’ Etiebet was recognized for his contribution to national software entrepreneurship, technical services and skills development, and conferred with the award of “Best Software Entrepreneur of the Year 2012” by the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON). Federal University of Technology, Minna also won the ISPON National Software award for Tertiary Institutions.
An exciting and highly awaited moment was the announcement by the Accenture representative of Juliet Ehimuan Chiazor, Country Manager, Google Nigeria as the “2012 Information Technology Personality of Year” (the most outstanding IT contributor for 2012). Also known as the President’s Award, NCS members voted online for their choice for IT’s most prestigious award. Accenture, acknowledged for its world class auditing services, confirmed the transparency and credibility of the entire voting process for the IT personality of the year award.
EVC, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, now FNCS, responded on behalf of all awardees, thanking NCS for the recognition and honour. He promised that awardees would keep engaging with NCS, participating fully in NCS activities and supporting NCS in to accelerate IT development in Nigeria.
Other IT personalities who attended the event included: Mr. Ibrahim Tizhe, President, Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), Mrs. Sekinat Yusuf, Vice President, CPN, Mr. Chris Uwaje, President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), NCS, Deacon Orjinta Orji-Alala, former CPN president, Dr. Abimbola Salako, former Provost, College of Fellows. CEOs of Main One Cable (Ms. Funke Opeke), Data Sciences (Mr. Aniekan Etiebet), and SystemSpecs (Mr. John Tani Obaro) were also present at the event.
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